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Keep it local. We hear that a lot. We think that means fresh, exciting, local. We think we are supporting people that live in our communities and in most cases we are. There are a few areas in the ballpark where a local product is being used and it is a far superior than what was there before.
Pizza – In 2012 they had DiGiorno. I heard that before that they had Connie’s, which makes perfect sense being in Chicago. I think the Cubs carried Gino’s for awhile. But it always broke my heart that in Chicago, in our ballparks, we were serving frozen pizza. WTF. Never ,under any circumstance, was I going to eat a damn slice of frozen pizza. Nothing against the pizza, it is plenty fine when I am drunk or really hungry and lazy, but when I am a short walk from Fabulous Freddie’s, I will stick to the classics. But then, the Sox announced in 2014 the switch to a Chicago favorite, Beggars. That stuff is great, and it is very easy to carry 4 or 5 slices back to your buds on a Friday game. BeefLoaf is convinced that if there was a guy walking around selling pizza, it would do awesome. But he’ll talk about that later.
Beer – The Sox have always had a great selection of beers available at the park. I admire that. I still drink (at the games) mostly Miller Lite, but having the option to have a Summer Shandy or Blue Moon is great. But last season they did the unthinkable, they added in Chicago’s Revolution Brewery Anti-Hero IPA and Lagunitas IPA, ON DRAFT.I think they cost $10.75 for a 24oz beer, which I am sure has you like nah, but what if I told you it is the best deal (per ounce and in alcohol content) in the park. It is actually cheaper than Miller Lite, and has more alcohol. Miller Lite is $8 for 16oz, so 50¢ an ounce. But with the Lagunitas and Anti-Hero you pay just 45¢ per ounce. It makes cents. I talked to the food and beverage guy at SoxFest ’16 and he wasn’t sure that deal or the beer would be back. Not sure we’d have the drafts from the local guys, which in all honesty, bums me the F out.
So there are two great examples of local being better. Here is one more area that we think the Sox could make the game day experience even more localized.
Years and years the sounds of Australia’s own AC/DC welcomed our boys on the field. Last year, the sounds of Fall Out Boy THEN AC/DC did the job. Fall Out Boy has some local ties, but damn, not my bag. The song makes sense too, “Light It Up”, yeah we all get it, but nothing about FOB speaks to Sox fans. AC/DC did and does ring true to the Southside. So who local can we play to get that same vibe? Here our our top 5 selections.
1. “High-Fiving MF” – Local H.
If you haven’t heard this song, do yourself a favor and listen to it now. Turn it up too. Local H is from Zion, IL and my god do they rock. This song just get’s ya amped up. For reals. Even play the instrumental version (lots of swears) at the game, so much better than FOB.
2. “Good Ass Intro” – Chance The Rapper.
Chance. Dude is the real deal. Local product. Local flavor. Loves the Sox. Reps the Sox. Can’t think of a better rapper to watch our boys run onto the field to.
3. “Seether” – Veruca Salt.
Chicks that rock. Still rock. Their album American Thighs still hits as hard as it did back in the day.
4. “N.W.O.” – Ministry.
Just because this kicks off a little harder than “Jesus Built My Hotrod” I choose “N.W.O.” I used to rock out to this as a high schooler back in the day too, blaring this CD (or a tape copy that was made from this CD) in my ’81 Chevette with the Realistic tape deck and Realistic speakers. Rocked then and it rocks now. Does it get ya ready to play some baseball? Hell yes. It’s mean. It’s raw. It’s local.
5. “Cherub Rock” – Smashing Pumpkins.
A great intro song on one of the best albums of the 90’s. I saw the Smashing Pumpkins so many times in my youth, it was really awesome. This song would be great at high volume at the park, while we watch the highlights of yesteryear. Remembering when the Pumpkins (and the Sox) were great.
So there you have it, 5 songs that are a far better intro song than Fall Out Boy. Don’t like it? Hate tweet me at @fromthe108. Do it. Think I missed something? Send me a tweet. Just do it. Love it? Share it with your Sox friends. We love attention, so share the f outta this. Share away!